There's no Place Like Home

2013-10-06T08:00:00Z 2013-10-07T18:00:07Z There's no Place Like HomeMichelle Krueger nwitimes.com
October 06, 2013 8:00 am  • 

We all rely on others for daily help. We typically need assistance to repair or maintain our homes and vehicles, to complete projects at work, with legal guidance or financial planning, to cut our hair, or with watching our children.

Maintaining independence does not mean a little assistance isn’t needed at times.

Over time most of us will likely need help with more than we are used to including daily activities like shopping, cooking and cleaning. Along with basic lifestyle changes, sudden medical events like heart attack and stroke or gradual conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, can make finding the right place to live challenging and stressful as we age.

Aging requires adaptation and change. From the very first time we leave “the nest,” planning for the future helps ensure we will continue to thrive as we get older.

That’s why it’s a good idea to carefully review various senior living options based on your current needs and how those needs may evolve over time. The more choices you can identify and review, the more control you will have when it comes time to make a decision, and that will make life a little easier for everyone involved.

“Many people find it hard to believe that there are alternatives out there that can preserve the delicate balance between maintaining as much independence as possible and accepting help,” Residences at Deer Creek Director of Sales and Marketing Melissa Huffman said. “Since we opened this past January, I have seen residents proudly gain back some of their independence, mainly due to their active involvement in the various wellness programs we offer.”

When it comes to making a choice that is most suitable for your circumstances, carefully consider which option can provide the happiest, healthiest and most fulfilling home environment as you age.

“Some of our residents were in situations where their social networks were changing – friends and family weren’t as close by as they once were, or their neighborhoods evolved and weren’t as safe as they once were,” explained Huffman, who takes great pride in showing off the many amenities of the Residences at Deer Creek when families schedule a tour. “We have grown very quickly since opening at the beginning of the year. You will find that our mix of residents is not typical for senior living. We have a high proportion of men and couples living here, and I think that reflects the fact that we’re doing much more than meeting their basic needs. We understand that ‘there’s no place like home,’ so we make every effort to make Residences at Deer Creek homelike.”

With an overall focus on wellness that permeates through every aspect of the Residences at Deer Creek lifestyle, the state-of-the-art three-story facility is conveniently located on Route 30 at Austin Avenue in Schererville.

“Wellness is reflected in everything we do – from the fresh food our chef prepares to all of the unique fitness programs we bring to our residents,” Huffman said. “We are physician owned so there are very high expectations about the lifestyle we provide. Everyone here takes it very personally, and there is a lot of pride in that.”

In addition, the Residences at Deer Creek offers a new approach with their selection of beautiful and private independent living, assisted living and memory support apartments. Residents enjoy the convenience of a month-to-month payment, without any huge upfront fees that can make other senior living options out of reach financially.

Short-term stays are also available – which provide caregivers an opportunity to take a vacation, go on a business trip or simply provide an opportunity for a short break to relax and recharge. Short-term stays are also ideal for seniors in search of a little extra assistance during an illness or while recuperating from a hospital stay – with access to all the benefits of residency including gourmet cuisine, fun and enriching activities, a beauty salon, a wellness/fitness center, family gathering spaces, planned events and 24/7 access to nursing professionals.

When it comes to mealtime, former country club duo Chef Patrick Mundt and Sous Chef Vanessa Schiola have created a quality restaurant menu for Residences at Deer Creek with approximately 25 items to choose from – including daily homemade soups and specials. Residents have the option of ordering whatever they like from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. “So, if they’re in the mood for pancakes at 3 p.m., they can have pancakes,” said Huffman.

“We are very proud of the fact that our chef’s Glazed Pork Tenderloin was named Best Entrée at the recent Lake County Taste of Care,” she added. “Most of what we serve is fresh. The residents planted a garden, and much of what they grew has been used in the kitchen.”

Along with the great food, daily activities help build relationships and create a sense of community while enhancing mental, emotional and physical health at Residences of Deer Creek.

“Cindy Horgash, our Director of Life Enrichment, is always adding new wellness programs to the schedule such as Tai Chi class outdoors and chair Yoga. She usually starts out with a small group, and in just a short time the number of participants grows. There are so many fun ways for residents to enjoy a variety of health benefits,” Huffman said. “Lindsey Sherron, our Director of Social Services, is great as well. She clearly understands everyone’s needs are different, and she stresses the importance for seniors to have the support of other people in a similar situation. Whether they are recently widowed or dealing with a medical condition like Parkinson’s, it’s good for them to know they are not the only one dealing with a particular issue, someone else is experiencing it as well.”

Just as everyone’s needs are different, so are their interests.

“There’s always something going on between our Senior Living and Memory Support events, planned outings, cooking demonstrations in the exhibition kitchen, performing arts visitors, physician presentations, wellness screenings, family events and ‘happier hour’ in the Bistro. We also have some residents who host their bridge groups here,” Huffman added. “Besides their own apartments, our residents have many different common areas available to them which expands their livable area beyond their own apartments. Families have commented that Residences at Deer Creek has a hotel-type atmosphere, complete with concierge services to assist them as needed. Our residents stay busy. So busy, that we have family members calling to say they haven’t been able to reach them because they are out and about enjoying themselves either at an event or out on a trip to the apple orchard, Marilyn’s Bakery or Four Winds Casino.”

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